DOB: March 5th, 1971 POB: San Francisco, CA Age: 32 Single or Married: Single Primary Instrument: Piano and Keyboards Equipment Used: Yamaha S-90 full weighted 88 keys Roland 4 Channel Keyboard amp. 32/8 Mackie Board, Alesis HD24, Mackie Studio Reference Monitors HR824, Cubase SX, Audition, Ozone Mastering Suite, EMU 1212 /w Patchmix DSP and ASIO Other Instruments Played: Bass, Drums, Fiddle, Saxophone, Lap steel Goals and Objectives: To find a long term project and or short term as a hire out to accompany a band, vocalist, recording projects.
Education: Summerville Highschool, 1989 Juliard, NY 1990-91
Performances and Accomplishments: Accompanied Bobby McFerren, Carl Anderson, Janice Seigel in 1989 Jazz Workshop and finale concert at Columbia College, CA 1992 Bobby and the Drifters hire out for 1 evening. 1992-1998 Shilow (Big Mountain) Jo Mama, Herb McQuay, Erik Torjesen, Larry Yates and the Blues Monsters, The Mighty Hornetts, Public Eye. 1999 2001 Bourben Street, Starship featuring Mickey Thomas, Spirit Canyon 2001-2003 Billy Barnett, Smash Band, The Well Hungarians. 2004 - Present - DixieExpress - www.dixieexpress.com
History: I would have to go back to 1975 in the Bay Area. I was 4 years old. It was late at night and I can hear my mother trying to play Hill Street Blues on the piano. Well trying to at least. She was in her 1st year of piano lessons. She loved that TV theme song. Not including it was my parents favorite program to watch. She could not figure out the bridge of the song and had a hard time trying to hear the chords. I walked over and said Mom why don't you try this. And I played it for her. That would be the start of a musical journey for me. My mother decided at whatever the financial risk would be, to get me the best possible lessons from a most qualified teacher. She contacted a choir director and musical composer out of San Jose. I really didn't want it at 1st, but it beat helping my mom cleaning the house everyday after school. For the next 10 years I was under a strict teacher who trained me in both classical and contemporary theory. My ear at the same time was taking all this experience in. By the time I was 15, I could hear a song one time and turn around a play it for you. Also if I never heard the song, and had to accompany a band, I can feel the changes and follow right along as if I knew the song for years. My Music teacher in high school who took me under his wing since the 6th grade and would have me playing with the high school jazz band, jazz choir, choir 1 and 2. Everyone in school believed in my talent. Of course, I'm my own worse critic. A guy who was a guitar player(Rick) saw me playing at one of the festivals and told me to call him. That would start me on another journey. I would tell my parents I would be spending the night at a friends and I would go to bars and play with the band he was in. They were called Tri-Ax. On breaks I would have to go outside or out of the bar area because I was underage. I would be back home late Sat night and wake up Sunday morning to go and play for church. You might say from the time I was 15 to 18, I was getting the best of both worlds from a musical stand point. I obtained a scholarship from high school (not very much) and headed to New York. I tried out at Juliard, which was THE most challenging thing I ever had to do. Never the less, I passed with site reading a 6 minute Checovsky piece. Coincidentally, I had a tape with that song on it and loved listening to it. So between that and reading the music, I barely skated through it. Problem was, I had limited funds and was not able to take the full 8 years. There was no funding for the performing arts at the time. So I took some more advanced theory and composition for a year and left. I then in 1991 packed my bags and headed for California. I stopped in Lake Tahoe and fell in love with the place. I immediately found some part time work and started checking out the band scene. Reggae was really big in Tahoe at the time so I landed a gig with a band that was called Shylow.(now Big Mountain) A year later they moved to San Diego. I wasn't so willing to move and decided to stay. They went on to be a big hit in the scene with Ace of Base. Known for the remake song of Oooh Baby I Love Your Way It became the theme song for the hit movie Reality Bites. You can only guess who was kicking himself in the butt after that. Life goes on. I really hit the blues and funk scene hard with 2 bands Jo Mama and a casino act Herb McQuay. That kept me busy from 1992 through 1998. Through those years I managed to pick up sax, bass, drums and anything else I could get my hands on. Because I knew theory, learning those instruments was not to hard. I would sub in with other bands who's musicians were either sick or on vacation who needed bass, saxophone. In 1998 I decided to move on. I was headed to New York and stopped in Missouri as a pit stop. I haven't left since. I met several musicians out of Rolla, MO and got hooked with a band out of West Plains, MO called Bourben Street A year would go by and I would be picked up by an old guitar buddy Erik Torjesen from California who became the lead guitarist for Starship featuring Mickey Thomas. I would then go on the road with them as a secondary keyboardist to play pad strings and B-3 hammond chops. I stayed for 3 months and Erik fell to cancer. I then left the band for other opportunities in Missouri. In 2000 I decided to hit St. Louis. I ended up sitting in with one of the best guitar players in the city Billy Barnett and The Smash Band which was a lot of fun. I was heavy into blues jazz and funk, fusion. I performed with him for the next 2 years. Also becoming a musical director for an old school style gospel church. I decided to expand my horizons in late 2003 and met members of The Well Hungarians who are a talented group of musicians and terrific blend of vocals. All though I was not an official member of the band, they took me in as part of they're ensemble. This band really expanded my playing to something I love, contemporary country, southern rock and contemporary rock. You may see some photos of me on the website. I'm definitely in the guest book with feedback from fans. I was hired into the band just prior to releasing they're latest CD called Sorry About the Mess I am very proud of the accomplishments I have made through the years and have no regrets. I'm a firm believer in For every closed door, A new door opens., which would take me now to the present. I would love nothing more to be dedicated to an outstanding project and doing the job I love the most. Playing and performing and working with a great group of talented musicians. I appreciate you taking the time to read this and getting to know more about me not just as a musician but as a person. I look forward to hearing from you soon.